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A theoretical investigation of using n low thrust impulses to escape from a circular satellite orbit

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Casey, John Carl (1962) A theoretical investigation of using n low thrust impulses to escape from a circular satellite orbit. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12212005-142051

Abstract

An investigation was made into the advantages of using a discontinuous thrust program to escape from a cricular satellite orbit when using a low thrust propulsion unit. To make maximum use of the applied thrust, the perigee distance was chosen at a point where the atmospheric drag was negligible and this distance was held constant throughout the escape maneuver. A numerical integration was made of this method and the spiralling method. The appendixes show a comparison of these two methods.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Stewart, Homer Joseph
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1962
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12212005-142051
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12212005-142051
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:5101
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:22 Dec 2005
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:14

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